Coffee is a wonderful thing, but it can turn on you. It’s early, you are just waking up, and you take a long gulp of your morning coffee. The pain! The heat! You’ve just burned your mouth on scalding hot coffee. So, what do you do now? What can you do to help ease the pain of oral burns? We’re going to be talking about that today. Ready to learn more? Let’s take a look.
Oral burns can be soothed.
At the time of the burn, you can apply cold water. You should gargle with cold water for about five minutes, until the pain and burning sensation subside. The next thing you should do is make sure that your beverage or food item are cool enough to eat or drink. You’ve already burned yourself once; don’t make the same mistake twice. It does happen. Coffee really is that good. To avoid this danger altogether, switch to ice coffee.
Make sure to practice good oral hygiene.
For the next few days, you should gargle with some salt water periodically throughout the day. This will help to keep infection at bay. You can also use salt water to sooth canker sores, a sore throat, or puncture wounds within the mouth. Hopefully, you already have excellent oral hygiene and this next part will be redundant. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth, flossing, and using ample mouthwash while your wound is healing. This should always be the norm, but wounds present a special need for it. Your mouth is full of bacteria and when you have an open wound you always run the risk of infection. So, keep your mouth clean and your oral burns should be gone in a few days. Oral burns may be annoying, but they can cause a lot of issues down the line if you’re not taking proper care of your mouth.
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